Suzanna Brown UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
Relating in the Internet age – Facebook, dating apps, porn and intimacy

The last decade has seen a huge shift in the way that we connect with and relate to each other. The advent and growing popularity of social media sites such as Facebook has influenced and sometimes changed the way we interact in our friendships, and the use of dating apps and the easy accessibility of internet porn have led to major changes in the opportunities we have to view and meet potential partners.

Many of us are connected to more people in a wider sense than ever before, but can suffer from a lack of true one-to-one connection, which is both a basic human need and has a significant, positive effect on our wellbeing.

For 30 somethings and upwards, this may mean a growing sense of disconnection and isolation, as we move through different life stages, friendship groups change due to career choices, relationship commitments, and choosing to have children – or not.

For adolescents and those in their 20s, research shows that early exposure to porn can have a massive effect on the way we view the other and how sexual expectations learnt from viewing internet porn can have a detrimental effect on not only how we learn to relate romantically, but also on the development of our neural pathways, which can set us up for problems with addiction to porn, sex and very real issues with intimacy and connection.

Are you struggling to relate to people?
Do you feel isolated, stuck or plagued by loneliness?
Are you worried about your porn use and the effect it’s having on your relationships or your ability to relate, personally or sexually?
Are you addicted to porn, sex or dating?

The thought of discussing these issues can feel awkward, shameful or embarrassing, but problems in these areas are growing and much more common than you may think. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to discuss relationship issues and I welcome hearing from you.

For more information about me, please visit my website: www.claphamandbalhamcounselling.com

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